KEPALA BATAS (Penang) March 13 - The Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, is once again involved in a straight fight with his old political foe, Abdul Khalid Rasid of Pas, in the Kepala Batas parliamentary seat in the 11th General Election for which polling is on March 21.
In the last general election in 1999, Abdullah won with a majority of 11,175 votes against the same Khalid, who is a businessman and a member of the Kepala Batas Pas Committee.
Abdullah is defending his seat for the seventh time since the general election of 1978. The constituency has 39,622 voters.
In the state seat of Penaga, incumbent Datuk Azhar Ibrahim is being opposed by Subri Md Arshad, a Pas free lance Islamic preacher.
In the state of Bertam, incumbent Datuk Hilmi Abdul Rashid of the BN is being challenged by businessman Mahamad Hashim of Keadilan while the BN's Datuk Roslan Saidin is involved in a straight fight in Pinang Tunggal with Pas candidate Mohd Salleh Man.
Returning Officer Datuk Abdul Ghani Ariffin announced the names of the candidates at the end of the objection period.
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